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  • I can't believe how quickly this year is passing by - from one Christmas to the next - where does it go? I'm currently 'juggling' orders/commissions; and therefore cannot start any more until June - you're welcome to email me to discuss any requirements, but I won't be able to consider starting any further enquiries until June... Ive just too much to do miniatures-wise at present... phew!

    Thought I'd show you some teeny tiny shoes I was asked to create alongside the ever-popular 'single toggle latchett' shoes and a belt with accessories - quite a task - but well worth it!

    Gosh, I've just thought, Easter will be here before we know it...

    Tudor / Medieval Shoes

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    I've been really busy, we had our annual summer holiday in France at the start of July - really enjoyable; and as we were really close to the border with Switzerland, we spent quite a lot of time border hopping... I fell in love with the beautiful cows parading around with bells around their necks - I've always known they've worn them, but completely unaware as to the constant tinkling and the differing sizes of bells, creating quite a melodic wall of sound in every passing field. Just wonderful...

    Having an online presence seems to be time consuming these days... There is my website to update, this blog; twitter and facebook; pinterest, flicker and instagram; googleplus and blogger and I'm sure there must be more! so, as you can probably guess, the past year I've shoved my head in the sand and hoped they would all go away (just kidding) - however - at what point do you say "How can I manage all these places to update?" Sincere apologies, but a lot of the time the mini's do and must come first for obvious reasons; and yes I know I must try harder...

    Stepping back a while - what about the heat we had! Talk about 'phew!' - there was one particular afternoon it reached 37 degrees in my workroom (I have images to prove it LoL) so it was one step forward and quite a few back during our unusual heatwave. Not complaining though!

    That's it for now I think and I have to keep reminding myself of the comment above methinks... 'Must Try Harder' - sounds a bit like one of my Junior School teacher's comments, I think it must've been made about my History lessons, I did so hate 'Kings & Queens' and dates, I guess it must be an aquired taste as you get older...

    1:12 Grapes in the making...

    miniature grapes, dolls house food, fake food, Carol Cook

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    Cool and raining... Can we please, please have some sun?!

    It's been ages since I wrote in here, I know... all kinds of 'stuff' has been going on (including having the flu twice!?) - I NEVER catch colds, but after the two bouts of flu - it was amusing to say the least and nothing more than a mild and mere hindrance...

    My 'big PC' as I have always referred to it, is no longer happy on the internet - all manner of alerts telling me to upgrade this - I wont work if you don't do this (LoL) and all the rest of the 'modern technology issues' confirming my often used phrase "What price modern technology?" But, after fifteen years of truly wonderful service - I can still use it for artworks and my photo's, archives - and so on. It was built for specifically for me; and I still like it. However, I have had to buy something to be able to update my website and related things. A used MacBook seemed a great option, bought an older refurb, so here I am. My iPad wasn't powerful enough to update everything and this is! Yayyyy!

    I broke my favourite macro lens on my camera, that was so, soooo frustrating, I managed to replace that last month, settling for a refurbed Nikon lens instead of the usual Sigma I've bought the past couple of years - absolutely love it! The thing is, I don't have my beloved Photoshop on this MacBook, as it's for PC, so that's the only downside - I can't edit photo's and pop them straight on.

    Already started working towards my next show, plus commissions and smaller orders, as most of my OOAK's went at Kensington Dollshouse Festival last weekend... I was so complacent on arrival last Thursday evening, I walked up the steps to the stage to set-up, only to find I had been moved... That'll teach me not to look before I go! Won't do that again she says eyes rolling. I'm guessing a couple of orders for collection from the said show were due to not finding me - all is not lost - I'll bring them to the next one.

    That's it for today then, I was going to upload an image, but I don't seem to have that one sussed... Next time!

    Bye for now...

     

     

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    I still have a 'productive cough' however, I think my chest infection is all about done - thankfully...

    The Festive Season seems to come and go around all too quickly these days - no sooner has one Christmas been and gone and done - it seems the next one is upon us, that's how I felt this year, then someone pointed out that it's only eleven weeks to Easter?! I had to think on that one, but if you look - they are right. Eggs and Easter goodies are already on the shelves, I do wish they wouldn't. It would be so much nicer if these things 'appeared' when each celebration was imminent. (I also think the Easter goodies on sale at present are maybe last year's stock?)

    Anyhow, snow is forecast; and I have never, EVER seen so much rain or surface water on the roads. We passed through one village where lots of homeowner's household items were out on the pavements, obviously after being flooded out - I found it quite distressing and powerless to do anything of any consequence. My heart really does go out to these poor unfortunate souls, I can't even begin to imagine the 'clean-up' necessary in these circumstances. Fire and water are the most destructive of elements where households are concerned don't you think? I've experienced a house fire, but question whether flooding is actually worse. We live on the top of a hill, therefore have never experienced flood damage. The fire wasn't at this home by the way; and more than twenty five years or so ago. I lost two cats, and then in the mid nineties there was a fire at my parent's home - started by the fridge of all things. One dog survived, one perished. The one that survived was a Yorkie and he had managed to get under the smoke - the other an English Setter, much larger, so he didn't escape the smoke. More than 60,000 pets a year die in house fires believe it or not; and some are started by chargers that are left in electrical sockets and still swicthed on, not being used - so, don't leave them switched on! I know it's a habit a lot of us have with our phone chargers etc., leaving them in the same socket, then just grabbing our phones, charger still plugged in and on, without a thought for what could happen - so, it's better to get out of that habit. I thought the action was harmless too - apparently not; and I've seen a home video of such events...

    Are we all detoxing after the Christmas festivities and inevitable over indulgence? Here's some salad then...

    1:12 Salad in a hand turned hardwood bowl

    Dolls House Salad, Miniature Fake Food, Miniature Artist Carol Cook

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    I doubt very much that anyone will come and read my ramblings this late in the day on Christmas Eve... But here I am anyhow...

    We had a wonderful long weekend away as I mentioned in my last post - but, on the Monday evening at the end of the break - I started to feel very out of sorts, to cut a long story short - I've had a vile chest infection, and then was struck down by a Gastric bug too this last Monday, so a bit fed up to say the least LoL! Luckily I had done most of everything that needed to be done apart from 'fresh stuff'. Turkey and lovely veggies for tomorrow's lunch were secured Tuesday evening, I've done the washing and cleaning this morning (my first sit down since getting up was seven minutes past one!) Because the two bugs I've caught have floored me - I'm only just starting to feel somewhat better - so everything's been a bit slower paced the passed few days. I just have to do the ironing when I sign out of here; and I'll then enjoy decorating and laying the table for tomorrow's lunch - one of my favourite things to do - black and gold this year I think, I did it red and silver last year. I have varying guises of all manner of table stuff she says with raised eyebrows - it's just my thing at Christmas - a decorated table...

    Anyhow, I'll go and do a bit more - here's hoping you all have the most wonderful time tomorrow and are able to enjoy whatever holiday days you have. Merry Christmas!!

    And, in the words of Irving Berlin... "May Your Days Be Merry And Bright..." But I doubt that all our Christmases will be white...

    Sending Love,

    Carol xx

    Miniature Christmas Sprouts, Dolls House Food, Redcurrants

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